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Friday, March 14, 2014

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Designing Attractive and Unique Plant Markers
By Tricia Drevets (tdrevets)

In order to keep track of what is planted where in your garden, it is essential to have sturdy, visible plant markers. Wind, rain, pets and even your own hands as you weed and tend to your garden can cause some markers to fail at their appointed task. Here are some attractive and inexpensive options to consider.

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Thursday, March 13, 2014

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Introduction to Cycads, the ultimate Jurassic landscape and/or potted plants
By Geoff Stein (palmbob)

This is a brief article about one of the most prehistoric of all landscape plants for warmer climates. These can also be grown successfully in pots in cooler climates for those who want a little dinosaur-age foliage in their greenhouse or summer patio. There are few better plants for investment value as well- cycads will only go up in value with age and size. And, thankfully, beauty also increases with value as well.

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My Favorite Violas
By Timmy Jo Given (timmijo)

Springtime is my favorite time of year, especially since that's when my springtime favorites—little wild violas and violets—pop up all over the neighborhood to rival their hybridized cousins, the pansies, in form and beauty.

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Wednesday, March 12, 2014

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Money-Saving Tips for New Gardeners
By Timmy Jo Given (timmijo)

After gardening for a few decades, you gain wisdom and insight through trial and error and sometimes through just plain luck. Although trends come and go, gardening never gets old (even though we do). I would like to pass along some ideas for items and methods I have tried and enjoyed over the years of experimenting at the start of the garden season.

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Seed Starting: Basic Tips for Success
By Bonnie Grant (BGrant)

Gardener's start your engines! It's time to create edible bounty from your garden - starting with optimum veggie varieties, seed planting times, and care.

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Tuesday, March 11, 2014

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Leeks: Good and Good For You
By Hetty Ford (Dutchlady1)

Leeks are documented as having been part of the diet of early Egyptians and Mesopotamians, as far back as 2000 BC. They were said to be Emperor Nero’s favorite vegetable giving him the nickname Porrophagus – leek eater. Probably native to the Mediterranean area and popular in Europe for many years, they are just now coming in vogue in the US and are mostly used in soups. But they have many other uses as well and many gourmet recipes can be found using leeks.

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The Blue Crocus and Its Kin
By Audrey Stallsmith (Audrey)

The blue crocus is not really a crocus, but it is true-blue -- a color you see in flowers only once in a blue moon! Native to the mountains of Chile, Tecophilaea cyanocrocus blooms in October or November there, which is springtime in South America. In North America the plant generally flowers in February or March.

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Monday, March 10, 2014

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Sweet Violets for the Girls
By Adina Dosan (adinamiti)

Tiny violet flowers - smelling heavenly - pop out delicately through the dry leaves in the woods, soon after spring has settled. No wonder they were called sweet, because not only the taste, but their whole appearance and their scent are sweet. Poets write about them, singers sing about them and men all over the world have been offering them to their sweethearts to express their love, from old times.

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Helping the Dwindling Population of Monarchs
By Kathleen Marshall (KRMarshall)

GMOs affect every aspect of the web of life – and never in a good way. A recent count on the Monarch butterfly at their wintering grounds in Mexico has found them to be at the lowest number ever recorded – a decline of 59 percent. Such a reduction in numbers creates the danger of extinction for these majestic creatures. This drastic decline is linked to the use genetically modified crops and habitat loss.

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Sunday, March 9, 2014

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Luther Burbank: Wizard of Horticulture
By Lois Tilton (LTilton)

March 7th, 2013 is 160th birthday of the Wizard of Horticulture, Luther Burbank, plant breeder and hybridizer.

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Garden Jokes and Humor: Dave's Garden Sunday Funnies
By Melody Rose (melody)

Gardeners have a keen sense of humor and we know that you'll enjoy adding your family-friendly quote or description to the image. We'll supply the picture and everyone can post their funniest title. We can't wait to see what you come up with!

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Saturday, March 8, 2014

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Starting Seeds Indoors
By Diana Wind (wind)

Some garden seeds can be directly sown when the spring weather warms the soil, or in early spring; but other seeds are best started indoors before the last frost.

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Home and Garden Shows; A Spot of Green for Weary Gardeners
By Melody Rose (melody)

Gardeners in cold-winter areas have been tested to their limits this winter. Snow, ice and bitter cold have seemed worse than usual. We’re all desperate for a bit of green and fortunately for us, there’s Home and Garden shows to help us endure the last dregs of a winter that seems to keep hanging on.

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Friday, March 7, 2014

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Spices of the World: Cloves
By Paul Rodman (paulgrow)

This is part of a series of articles about different spices from around the globe. I thought I knew a lot about spices until I began to research these articles. Come and learn with me all about the spice, Cloves

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Types of Garden Protectors
By Bonnie Grant (BGrant)

Cloches, row covers and cold frames can save your next season's crop. Get a jump start on gardening with a variety of garden protectors.

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Thursday, March 6, 2014

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Worst Winter Weeds: Hairy Bittercress
By Toni Leland (tonileland)

Spring is in the air, little green things are popping up all over, and we all heave a sigh of relief that the blanket of white stuff is finally gone. But beneath the snow that stopped everything in its tracks lurks a hardy, robust little puff of tiny green leaves that virtually grows before your eyes.

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Shamrock, Symbol of Ireland
By Gwen Bruno (gwen21)

The association of Ireland and the shamrock is an ancient one. It may have begun when a 5th century Christian missionary named Patrick visited the island to spread the gospel.

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Wednesday, March 5, 2014

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Sprekelia: The Fiery Aztec Queen
By Tamara Galbraith (TexasTam)

Red hot Sprekelia is commonly known as the Aztec Lily or Jacobean Lily, but it isn’t a lily at all. This scorching babe, actually a member of the Amaryllis family, will add a bright dash of crimson to your yard.

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Monocots and Whaticots? Eudicots?
By Marie Harrison (can2grow)

Until recently scientists accepted two major classifications of flowering plants. Most of us were taught that angiosperms (flowering plants) were either a monocot (monocotyledon) or dicot (dicotyledon). Today scientists prefer the terms monocot and eudicot (eudicotyledon). Horticulturists and gardeners are encouraged to get on board with the latest findings.

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Starting Spring Seeds
By Mary Frucelli (MFrucelli)

Seed starting is not an exact science, however, I have always read on seed packets to start your seeds 6 to 8 weeks before your last frost. So, when is your last frost?

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Tuesday, March 4, 2014

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Spanish Moss - Adding that Southern Touch, and More!
By LariAnn Garner (LariAnn)

If there is any image that can be considered iconic of the Deep South, it must surely be the sight of Spanish Moss drooping lazily from a Live Oak tree. I remember seeing this sight when I was much younger, and even remember seeing this adaptable bromeliad festooning power lines as well. Alas, it seems that one doesn't see the plant around as much as before, and there is a sobering reason. Read on for more . . .

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A Charming Rat’s Nest
By Jean-Jacques Segalen (jjacques)

Do not run away, we are not going to get entangled in a real rat’s nest. In fact, it is quite the opposite, as today is a pleasant stroll through a most wonderful tiny island off the Australian Western coast.

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Monday, March 3, 2014

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Dodecatheon: Shooting Stars
By Kelli Kallenborn (Kelli)

With their swept-back petals, shooting stars (Dodecatheon species) flowers resemble those of the cyclamen. These charming flowers form a cluster at the end of a leafless stem and can be from a few inches to two feet tall. The flower stalk grows from a basal rosette of light green leaves which is up to ten inches in diameter.

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How Does Your Chocolate Grow?
By Amber Royer (dandylyon85)

What is your favorite kind of chocolate? Be it white, milk, or dark, all chocolate comes from theobroma cacao, evergreen tropical trees. One of the most memorable trips I’ve ever taken included a visit to a cacao plantation in Samana, Dominican Republic. We were able to taste the sweet-tart pineapply pulp straight out of the pod as we hiked on a path where the trees were growing wild all the way to a beautiful waterfall.

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Sunday, March 2, 2014

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How to have a Fabby Cottage Garden!
By Annie Hayes, Annie's Annuals & Perennials (AnnieHayes)

I adore cottage gardens because they’re so freeing in terms of design. You can change them around every year or every season if you want to.

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Garden Jokes and Humor: Dave's Garden Sunday Funnies
By Melody Rose (melody)

Gardeners have a keen sense of humor and we know that you'll enjoy adding your family-friendly quote or description to the image. We'll supply the picture and everyone can post their funniest title. We can't wait to see what you come up with!

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Saturday, March 1, 2014

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My Love Affair With a Swing
By Cathy M Wallace (cathy4)

Who would think that a simple swing could be the source of so much love? For 50 years, there has been a swing somewhere in my life, starting way back with my Grandfather.

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The Annual Garden Watchdog Top 5 Awards
By Melody Rose (melody)

The New Year has arrived and with it comes the award shows. We have the Golden Globes, Oscars and Grammy Awards, but did you know that Dave’s Garden has awards too? Each New Year we announce the Top 5 companies in each Garden Watchdog category. The vendors anxiously await the results and a Top 5 badge is as coveted as any golden statue. We’d like to take this time to honor the vendors that you, the customers voted as the very best.

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Friday, February 28, 2014

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Free-flowering Yellow Flax
By Audrey Stallsmith (Audrey)

Yellow flax was one of the first houseplants I grew back in the dark ages when I was a young and beginning gardener. Being such an amiable and free-flowering species, it bloomed its head off under my grow lights in the dead of winter, feeding my delusion that I had a green thumb. It was, in fact, one of the few species I’ve ever seen that bloomed as well in person -- er, in plant -- as it did in the catalog photo. I would learn shortly that not all flowers are as easy to please!

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The Mittleider Method of Gardening
By Kathleen Marshall (KRMarshall)

The Mittleider Method of gardening is controversial. Some people swear by it while others feel it just isn't natural. What do you think?

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Thursday, February 27, 2014

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Winter Blues
By Kathleen M. Tenpas (Kathleen)

I started to write an article on the winter blues, but I got depressed.

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Resident Canada Geese
By Timmy Jo Given (timmijo)

What are resident geese? It's not hard to figure out: a resident is one who lives in a particular place for a length of time. Usually, geese fly north and south with the seasons. However, resident geese do not migrate; they are here to stay. You have probably seen them at your local park. Here is their story.

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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

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Blooming and perfuming - Wintersweet, Chimonanthes praecox, is a fragrant, winter blooming shrub
By Sally G. Miller (sallyg)

This shrub has one exquisite quality: it blooms in the cold of winter with a delectable, summery fragrance. This one tantalizing trait of perfect perfume is all the plant needs to earn its place in the garden.

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Five Weird and Unusual Containers to Grow Small Plants In
By April Dowling (ADowling)

Traditional growing pots are convenient and efficient, but they’re not always the most visually interesting objects. You can choose from a wide variety of unique containers to grow small plants in, adding visual interest or even humor to your indoor or outdoor space.

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Tuesday, February 25, 2014

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Silver Belles
By Tamara Galbraith (TexasTam)

Anyone who's studied landscaping knows the value of silver-leafed plants. Mostly, they serve to brighten a dark area, but can also provide a lovely contrast to purple foliage plants.

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Mud Season is the fifth season of the year in the Northeast part of the United States
By Carrie Lamont (carrielamont)

We all know New England is famous for its fall foliage, winter skiing, spring maple-sugaring and summer black flies. But In Vermont and other New England states, Mud Season is longer and almost more important than the other four seasons.

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Monday, February 24, 2014

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Dragobete, a Romanian Valentine's Day
By Adina Dosan (adinamiti)

Valentine's Day is well-known and celebrated on February 14. It's a big day and a big celebration of love. Dragobete's Day is also celebrated in February, but on the 24th and even if it's not such as well-known, it's also a big celebration, with fun and so much love! So why not have two days to celebrate love, just before spring, when nature comes to life, the birds are singing and everyone feels rejuvenated?

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Grow Your Own Food Indoors
By Kathleen Marshall (KRMarshall)

Indoor gardening doesn't have to mean just African violets and peace lilies. An indoor garden can actually grow some of your food. Really!

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Sunday, February 23, 2014

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Coral Bells: An introduction to Heuchera cultivars
By Susanne Talbert (art_n_garden)

If you don’t have Coral Bells (Heuchera) in your gardening repertoire, you are missing out on a vast palette of purples, chartreuses, grays and oranges in your yard. Also known as Alum Root, Heuchera (pronounced HEW-ker-uh) is a beautiful genus of perennial foliage plants that will add a punch of color to any spot in your garden. Heucheras come in all sorts of colors, shapes, sizes and growing needs. Some do well in shade; others can thrive in full sun. They are drought tolerant, very cold hardy (Zone 4), and many of them will even stay evergreen through the winter. Here is a brief overview of some Heuchera cultivars you might want to try.

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Garden Jokes and Humor: Dave's Garden Sunday Funnies
By Melody Rose (melody)

Gardeners have a keen sense of humor and we know that you'll enjoy adding your family-friendly quote or description to the image. We'll supply the picture and everyone can post their funniest title. We can't wait to see what you come up with!

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